In the simplest form, website development is the creation of a website for the internet, and the intranet (private network). There’s a term called web designing, which is often confused for web development. Although these two belong to the website building process, they require different skill sets to be done.

The process of website building is a complex one, but is worth all the efforts. It takes one to learn to code to do the same. To a newbie, the coding may look like an ancient winding language. But this is what powers a functional website.

The Difference

It is the web developers who are responsible for the coding and programming of a website. But is that enough for you to publish a website? Well, obviously not. The website needs to have a theme, a layout, and some images before it is ready to be published. This is where web designers come into the play. Designers are responsible for the latter aspect of the website building. But it is recommended for a web developer to gain some designing skills as well. These skills include typography and Photoshop.

While we are discussing about the website, do you really know what a website is? It’s great if you do, and great; even if you don’t.

What is a Website

Every one of us has seen a paperback book. A website is also a book, but in electronic form. What about the papers here? Well, a bundle of web pages combines to make a website. See, how simple it was to understand it. Let us move a little further.

Domain

Wherever we live, we have an address to let others know our location. Similarly, a domain is the address of a website; a place where all the users can visit a particular website. The real and virtual world goes hand in hand. It is like purchasing land. Instead of a real estate agent, you go to a hosting provider in this case.

Thinking about hosting? Don’t worry. We are here to clear your doubts.

Web Hosting

When it comes to saving data, you need space. For a computer or a mobile phone to store the data, a hard drive is necessary. In the case of a website, the web-based files need to be stored as well. Not for private use, but for the public one. This is what web hosting providers ensure.

It is necessary to host a website so that the data can be stored in order to be accessed by a lot of people. Just like they need to make the roads accommodating for the traffic, a website needs a server to handle the traffic of visitors.

Website Creation

It is the time for you to take charge of the website that you want to publish. Do you know what to publish? Well, you need to know that in advance, because, you will need to code the desired result.

To make things a little easier, you can use any of the Content Management Systems, which allow you to create, modify, and publish a website. To use it, you don’t need to learn any coding whatsoever. But coding has a bonus in the field of web development.

If you don’t want to use a CMS, a good text editor is what you will need to write the code in.

Text Editor

This is the place where all the coding for a website will be done. The languages that you can write in any of these editors are; HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python and numerous others.

The more you know the shortcuts for these editors; the better will be the productivity and efficiency at the end. The simplest and friendly editor is Notepad++. But it is available for Windows users only.

Upload the Website

Using an FTP client, you can upload the code that you have written for the website. Never forget to test it before posting. This can cause a lot of harm and also waste a lot of your time. The FTP client sends the data to your hosting provider, which then uploads the website to the internet.

Final Words

This was all about the basics of web development or rather website building. While it may sound easy, things are a little complicated. Learning takes quite some time, so be patient and keep practicing.

We hope that you enjoyed reading the article as much as we enjoyed writing the same. Invest some time, and a little money to step up the staircase. Good Luck!

Published by Janice Cook